Tuesday, 3 September 2013

The Emirates Cable Car Experience

So…I’ve finally moved! It seems like I’ve been talking about this forever (because I have), but last week my new flat was finally ready. My boyfriend and I moved out of our hotel (I was sad to leave the full English breakfasts, but to be honest, I was beginning to fear obesity, and not being able to do any laundry was leaving me with some dubious outfit choices) and into our own place. I really love it, and have spent the last week trying to make it into our own little home. 

At the weekend, my parents came down to London for a visit to see if it met with their approval. I got ready with my new make up, which I'll do a little review of soon!

 We ate lunch on my balcony, enjoying the weather. I'm desperately clinging to the last of summer - I just don't want it to end.

We were happily wandering around the grounds of my apartment block in the sunshine when my Mum pointed out the Emirates cable cars floating by in the background, and asked whether they were any good.

I had to admit, somewhat sheepishly, that despite having lived in London throughout the Olympics and working close by, I’d never actually been on them. As it was such a lovely, clear day, we decided to rectify this and jumped on the tube. I really love spontaneously doing tourist-y things in London – it makes you feel like you’re on holiday when you’re not, and who doesn’t want to feel like they’re on holiday all the time?!

My boyfriend met us straight from football training in Greenwich and we joined the queue. It looked pretty long, but a friendly Tfl worker told us it would be less than half an hour, and in reality it only took 10 minutes. It costs around £8 for a return journey, £6 with an Oyster card discount (which we had), which I think is pretty reasonable!

You jump on and the cable car swings into the air. I’m actually pretty scared of heights, and I admit I was clinging to my boyfriend and not really looking out of the window to start with! 

Eventually I managed to take a peek.

The views really are fantastic. You can see right across London, over the sky scrapers of the Wharf into the city.

On the way down we saw a cute little beach (a beach! In London!) with happy tourists sunbathing and watching the wakeboarders and water skiers on the Thames.

My boyfriend had selflessly come to see us despite having missed lunch, so we got drinks and he got a chicken burger from one of the little food stalls dotted about. It really did have such a nice, holiday vibe (so bright in fact that apparently I couldn't keep my eyes open...)

And then we went back again! I really love my parents so it was nice to see them having a good time. 

It was really good to see the city I love from such a different view, and it's something I would recommend to everyone - whether you live here, or you've never been before. It's a cheap, easy way to get a great view of an amazing city, and spend some quality time with your family into the bargain. 

Have any of you been on the cable cars? What did you think? 


  1. These look so scary! + I hope the move went well, that balcony look perfect :) x


  2. I totally forgot about london having these cable cars! I actually want to go on them! xo



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